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Nuprecon to move to Ridge

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SNOQUALMIE - A company that specializes in demolishing buildings plans to erect its new corporate headquarters here this year, bringing 60 more employees to a growing assortment of businesses on Snoqualmie Ridge.

Redmond-based Nuprecon announced last week it was moving its corporate facility east to Snoqualmie. Wendy Pare, vice president of finance and administration for the privately owned company, said Nuprecon broke ground last Tuesday on a 45,000-square-foot facility located next to Philips Oral Healthcare, formerly Optiva.

Work on the building is expected to go fast.

"We should be completed by December," Pare said.

Nuprecon is the Pacific Northwest's largest full-service demolition contractor, specializing in interior and exterior "strip-and-gut," Pare said. It has locations in Redmond and Portland and is licensed to provide demolition services in much of the Western United States. Incorporated in 1986, Nuprecon was the 12th largest demolition contractor in America, according to 1998 figures. John Hennessy is Nuprecon's president.

Pare said from Nuprecon's inception, "We've been on a steady growth pattern since that time." She added the company has outgrown its current location in Redmond and by moving to Snoqualmie, it will have the opportunity to expand even more.

Of the 45,000 square feet of space Nuprecon is building, only 18,000 will initially be occupied by the company. The remaining space will be leased. Pare said 60 employees will work in Snoqualmie, but as Nuprecon grows, so, too, will that number.

Snoqualmie was attractive because it sits near Interstate 90 and because of the competitive pricing found at the Ridge's business park, which is owned by Quadrant Corp. And there were aesthetic reasons for the move, as well.

"Snoqualmie offers the type of environment we want to provide for our employees," Pare said.

In addition to stripping-and-gutting work, Nuprecon does total building demolition, plant dismantling and shut-downs, residential demolition and fire-damage cleanup. Some of its more notable projects include taking down ceiling tiles at the Kingdome and stabilizing a collapsed roof at the Bangor Naval Submarine Base in Kitsap County.

Current projects for the company are $1 million in demolition work at the Boeing Co. Plant 2 in Seattle, and removing the seating and flooring at Hec Edmundson Pavilion at the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

Nuprecon's new headquarters will sit on a 2.87-acre site in the Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park. It joins a growing list of companies setting up shop in Snoqualmie. In March, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, Northwest Kidney Centers, said it will establish an out-patient dialysis treatment facility at Quadrant's Trailside Building, also in the business park.

Northwest Kidney Centers signed a seven-year lease for 7,500 square feet. The Trailside Building has 43,000 square feet of available space. Fifteen people are expected to work at the treatment center.

Other companies to make a home at the business park include Great Plains Software and The Inception Group.

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